The Big Dirt Nap: A Dirty Business Mystery (Hardcover)

A Dirty Business Mystery

By Rosemary Harris

Minotaur Books, 9780312369682, 256pp.

Publication Date: February 17, 2009



“A smart, engaging heroine who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty—literally.”
- Brian Freeman, author of Stalked

A hit with mystery lovers and gardening fans nationwide, Pushing Up Daisies introduced Paula Holliday, ex-NYC media exec turned Connecticut gardener, in Rosemary Harris’s celebrated series debut. Now in The Big Dirt Nap, Paula is back in a second scent-sational thriller.

Something stinks to Paula Holliday, and it isn’t just the corpse flower, titan arum, named for its off-putting fragrance. When Paula’s friend Lucy asks her to tag along on an all-expense-paid junket to the Titans Hotel, it seems like a good idea. Paula even manages to squeeze a few bucks and a byline out of the local paper for writing an article on the titan arum, a rare flower that’s just about to bloom and on display at the hotel.

But when her friend is unavoidably detained, a would-be suitor is found with a gaping hole in his head, and the corpse flower refuses to bloom, the entire venture starts to seem like less of a good idea.

Brimming with wit and wisecracks, The Big Dirt Nap is sure to win rising mystery star Rosemary Harris a whole new slew of ardent fans.

About the Author

Rosemary Harris was born in Brooklyn and has been a bookstore manager, a video producer, and a television executive. She and her husband split their time between New York City and Fairfield County, Connecticut, where she is a master gardener. "Pushing Up Daisies "was her first novel in the Dirty Business Mystery series.

Praise For The Big Dirt Nap: A Dirty Business Mystery

Praise for The Big Dirt Nap

“An absolute must-read for cozy lovers. Readers of Susan Wittig Albert and Earlene Fowler will relish Rosemary Harris’s exceptionally engaging new voice. Harris’s delightfully witty A Dirty Business series is in full flower.”
- Julia Spencer-Fleming, Edgar finalist and author of I Shall Not Want

"A wild and funny ride...a lot of fun to read."
- Crimespree Magazine

Praise for Pushing Up Daisies

“Quirky, original, and captivating . . . a sure-to-please series.”
- Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand series

“Think Diana Mott Davidson’s caterer extraordinaire Goldy Schulz or Earlene Fowler’s Benni Harper. Harris plots out a good story.”
- Omaha World-Herald

“An appealing main character . . . Recommend this to fans of Veronica Heley’s series starring avid gardener Ellie Quicke.”
- Booklist

“If you like gardens and like reading mysteries, this is the book for you--a clever mystery full of garden lore, fast-paced and engaging, with a heroine who isn’t afraid to get down in the dirt.”
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Sophisticated social comedy, romance, and murder could give Harris a wide readership beyond the fans of amateur sleuth books.”
- Connecticut Post

“With sassy wit and smart plotting, Paula Holliday is a sleuth to watch.”
- Susan Wittig Albert, author of the China Bayles herbal mysteries

“Contemporary cozies, such as Pushing Up Daisies…are reinventing themselves with likable female amateur sleuths who are smarter, less nosey, and able to work their investigations plausibly into their daily routines.…A charming debut.”
- Library Journal